Many Young Women Taking Up ‘Very Light’ Smoking, Study Finds

Many Young Women Taking Up ‘Very Light’ Smoking By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — While overall smoking rates are falling in the United States, a new study points to one exception: Young women who often opt for “very light” smoking. The study defined a very light habit as smoking […]

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Brain Changes Differ by Race With Alzheimer’s Disease: Study

Brain Changes May Differ by Race With Alzheimer’s By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Alzheimer’s disease seems to develop differently in the brains of black patients than in whites. And, black people seem more likely to suffer different types of brain changes that also contribute to dementia, a new […]

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Viruses, Not Bacteria, Reponsible for Many Pneumonia Cases: Study

Viruses, Not Bacteria, Cause Many Pneumonia Cases By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Viruses cause more pneumonia-related hospitalizations among American adults than bacteria, although the cause of the lung infection is undetected in most cases, a new federal study says. The findings show the need for improved diagnostic tests, […]

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Too Much Sitting May Raise a Woman’s Cancer Risk: Study

Too Much Sitting May Raise a Woman’s Cancer Risk By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Lots of time spent sitting may increase a woman’s odds for cancer, but it does not seem to have a similar effect on men, a new study suggests. “Longer leisure time spent sitting was […]

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Surgery May Beat Drugs for Ulcerative Colitis: Study

Surgery May Beat Drugs for Ulcerative Colitis By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Surgery may extend the lives of older adults with the inflammatory bowel disease ulcerative colitis, new research suggests. A study of thousands of adults with the condition compared results of surgery to those of long-term drug […]

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Prenatal Gene Tests Can Sometimes Spot Cancer in Mom-to-Be

Can Prenatal Gene Tests Spot Cancer in Mom-to-Be? By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Abnormal results on noninvasive, prenatal genetic tests don’t always indicate a problem with the fetus. In some cases, these tests may uncover maternal cancers, a new study reports. “If the test comes back abnormal, the […]

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Wild Mushrooms Might Be Your Last Meal

MONDAY, July 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A healthy 52-year-old woman who ate wild mushrooms growing in a Canadian park nearly died from her error. Within 12 hours, she was in an emergency room with severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. After 36 hours, she was in intensive care and on a list for […]

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Uric Acid May Limit Stroke Disability In Women

Uric Acid May Limit Stroke Disability In Women By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who suffer a stroke may have better odds of recovering without disabilities if they’re given uric acid along with standard “clot-busting” medication, a new study suggests. Men, on the other hand, may not be […]

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Diabetes Drug Given to Obese Moms-to-Be Won’t Keep Baby’s Weight Down

Drug Given to Moms-to-Be Won’t Help Baby’s Weight By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Taking the diabetes drug metformin during pregnancy doesn’t reduce an obese woman’s risk of having an overweight baby, a new study finds. Exposure to excess blood sugar in the womb may contribute to a baby […]

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Marijuana Study Counters ‘Gateway’ Theory

Marijuana Study Counters ‘Gateway’ Theory By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Marijuana may not be the “gateway drug” some believe it to be, a new study contends. Instead, teens smoke pot for very specific reasons, and it is those reasons that appear to prompt their decision to try other […]

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